Gilles Lubineau, PhD, HDR

Principal Investigator

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, PI of Mechanics of Composites for Energy and Mobility (MCEM)



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​Professor Lubineau is the Director and Principal Investigator at Mechanics of Composites for Energy and Mobility Laboratory, Mechanical Engineering Program, PSE Division, KAUST. His expertise covers a wide range of fields related to composite materials. His research interests include integrity at short and/or long-term of composite materials and structures, inverse problems for the identification of constitutive parameters, multi-scale coupling technique, nano and/or multifunctional materials. He has over 200 published papers in journals spanning from material science (Advanced Materials, Macromolecules, etc..) to theoretical mechanics (JMPS, CST, Scientific Reports) and applied maths (IJNME, CMAME, etc.)


Research Interests

Aging of Composite Structures, Computational Strategies, Damage Modeling, Coupling Strategies, Degradation of Composite Structures, Environmental Degradation, Mechanical Degradation

Selected Publications

Buckled Conductive Polymer Ribbons in Elastomer Channels as Stretchable Fiber Conductor.
J. Zhou, G. Tian, G. Jin, Y. Xin, R. Tao and G. Lubineau.
Advanced Functional Materials (2019).

Characterizing and modeling the pressure- and rate-dependant elastic-plastic-damage behavior of polypropylene-based polymers.
D.A. Pulungan, A. Yudhanto, S. Goutham, G. Lubineau, R. Yaldiz and W. Schijve.
Polymer Testing (2018). 

Computational Investigation of the Morphology, Efficiency, and Properties of Silver Nano Wires Networks in Transparent Conductive Film.
F. Han, T. Maloth, G. Lubineau, R. Yaldiz and A. Tevtia.
Scientific Reports (2018). 

Laser-based surface patterning of composite plates for improved secondary adhesive bonding.
R. Tao, M. Alfano and G. Lubineau 
Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing (2018).

Coaxial thermoplastic elastomer-wrapped carbon nanotube fibers for deformable and wearable strain sensors.
J. Zhou, X. Xu, Y. Xin and G. Lubineau  
Advanced Functional Materials (2018).  

Toughness amplification in copper/epoxy joints through pulsed laser micro-machined interface heterogeneities.
E. Hernandez, M. Alfano, D. Pulungan and G. Lubineau.
Scientific Reports (2017).

Ultrasensitive, Stretchable Strain Sensors Based on Fragmented Carbon Nanotube Papers.
J. Zhou, H. Yu, X. Xu, F. Han and G. Lubineau. 
ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces,  (2017).

Adaptive coupling between damage mechanics and peridynamics: a route for objective simulation of material degradation up to complete failure.
F. Han, G. Lubineau and Y. Azdoud.
Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids (2016).

Double-Twisted Conductive Smart Threads Comprising a Homogeneously and a Gradient-Coated Thread for Multidimensional Flexible Pressure-Sensing Devices.
Y. Tai and G. Lubineau.
Advanced Functional Materials (2016).



  • 2008, ​Research Habilitation in Mechanical Engineering (with Distinction), ENS-Cachan, France
  • 2007-2008, Visiting Researcher, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • 2002, Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (with Distinction), École Normale Supérieure de Cachan (ENS-Cachan), Paris VI University, France
  • 1999, “Agrégation” (French High-Level Qualification for Teaching) in Theoretical Mechanics
  • 1998, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (with Distinction), École Normale Supérieure de Cachan (ENS-Cachan), France

Professional Profile

  • 2022-now, Interim Dean for Physical Science and Engineering Division, KAUST
  • 2020-now, Associate Dean for Faculty, Physical Science and Engineering Division, KAUST
  • 2017-2019, Chair of Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, KAUST
  • 2009-2012, Acting (and founding) Program Chair of KAUST Mechanical Engineering Program
  • 2008-2009, Instructor, Department of Mechanics, Ecole Polytechnique, France
  • 2007-2008, Visiting Researcher (French Ministry of Defense and CNRS), Department of Mechanical Engineering (Host: Prof. Tarek I. Zohdi), UC Berkeley, USA
  • 2006, Delegated Researcher (in partnership with ENS Cachan), EADS (European Agency for Defense and Space) InnovationWork, France
  • 2005-2009, Head of the "Composites, Micro and Nanostructure" research group of LMT-Cachan (ENS Cachan, France)
  • 2003-2009, Assistant Professor, École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, LMT-Cachan, France

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • AMAC (French Association of Composite Material)
  • AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics)
  • ASME (American Society Mechanical Engineers)
  • CSMA (Computational Structural Mechanics Association)


1. "Daniel Valentin Award" 2004. The prize is awarded each year to one researcher under the age of 35 by the French Association for Composite Materials (AMAC) to recognize a global, innovative and promising research activity related to composite materials (

2. Elected Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, 2020

Research Interests Keywords

Aging of Composite Structures Computational Strategies Damage Modeling Coupling Strategies Degradation of Composite Structures Environmental Degradation Mechanical Degradation